A new year dawns and our thoughts immediately turn to what's playing on the big screen! The next 12 months will feature a wide array of cinematic delights; we've picked out the most anticipated comedies, dramas, blockbusters, thrillers and more to mark on your calendar.
GLASS (JAN. 18)
Worlds collide as David Dunn (Bruce Willis), Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) and Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) become locked in a struggle for their own survival. Anya Taylor-Joy and Sarah Paulson also star in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller.
Young Alex pulls a sword out of its hiding place and discovers his destiny. He must gather allies and lead them into battle against an evil foe. Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart costar in an epic yet playful adventure.
Even though Bricksburg has become a wasteland, Emmet still thinks everything is awesome. His dreams for a future with his beloved Lucy are stolen away when a mighty invader kidnaps Lucy and their friends. Emmet voyages into space to rescue everyone and restore peace to the universe.
In this comic fantasy, sports agent Taraji P. Henson constantly competes against aggressive male agents in her field. She is always looking for an advantage over them, which she gains unexpectedly one day when she discovers she can hear their thoughts. Wendi McLendon-Covey also stars.
Horrors! The sequel to the surprise slasher smash finds Jessica Rothe once again stuck in a maddening loop in time. This time, though, her friends are more aware than ever, and they must work together to foil a brand new killer.
True love can be elusive, as Natalie (Rebel Wilson) has discovered, to the point that she has given up all hope of romantic happiness. So when she wakes up inside what appears to be a big-screen romantic comedy, what is she to do? Liam Hemsworth and Priyanka Chopra help her decide.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD (FEB. 22)
The aerial adventures of young Viking Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his heroic dragon Toothless come to a conclusion in the final installment of the animated trilogy. Before that happens, Hiccup and Toothless are tested as never before as they fight to protect what they truly love.
After creating the funny, irascible Madea some 20 years ago, Tyler Perry is ready to say goodbye to the beloved character. The setting is a family reunion in rural Georgia, where secrets are revealed, a funeral is planned and hearts will be broken.
Brie Larson blazes her own path as a former military pilot turned powerful superhero who aims to end a war between two alien races on Earth. Jude Law takes on the mantle of Mar-Vell, while Samuel L. Jackson costars as a much younger Nick Fury than we've seen up to now.
Uninvited guests create chaos for a family on vacation at a beach house with their friends. What horrifying surprises has filmmaker Jordan Peele ('Get Out') cooked up this time? Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss lead the cast.
No question about it, Richard Linklater's next comic drama sounds like a winner, following a teenage girl (Emma Nelson) as she searches for her missing mother. Cate Blanchett, Judy Greer and Kristen Wiig star.
You think you've got big ears? Even the biggest human ears pale in comparison to a certain young elephant's, but the great thing is that Dumbo's ears allow him to fly into our hearts. Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton star; Tim Burton directed.
In a brooding re-imagining of Stephen King's classic tale of suspense, Jason Clarke plays a father who would do anything for the sake of his family, which naturally leads to big, big trouble. John Lithgow costars as a friendly neighbor who tries to help.
Young Billy Batson (Asher Angel) discovers that a single word can transform him into an awesome superhero (Zachary Levi), which just might make everything better for the foster kid, who always feels like an outsider. Until, that is, he encounters the evil and powerful Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).
There's a new half-human/half-demon in town and his name is Hellboy. David Harbour embodies Mike Mignola's classic comic-book character as he battles against an ancient sorceress (Milla Jovovich) who is determined to exact revenge. The supernatural sparks will fly!
From The Conjuring producer James Wan comes The Curse of La Llorona, a 1970s-set horror movie about the titular ghost of Mexican legend. In life, La Llorona drowned her children, and in death, she weeps as she drags more children into the water. Time will tell if Anna Garcia (Linda Cardellini) will be able to defend her family from the deadly poltergeist.
This phase of Marvel's series of epic action adventures will come to a conclusion in this installment. We can't wait to see how our favorite heroes respond to a crisis of monumental proportions. What that means for the fate of individual heroes, however, remains unknown.
Gotta investigate 'em all! Pokémon makes its live-action feature film debut with Detective Pikachu, a parody of hardboiled noir thrillers. In it, Tim (Justice Smith), a former Pokémon trainer, teams up with a Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) that only he can understand to track down his missing father and unveil a scheme that jeopardizes Pokémon everywhere!
The biggest mistake they made was killing his dog. The biggest mistake John Wick (Keanu Reeves) made was killing a member of the High Table inside the Continental. With a $14 million dollar bounty on his head, John Wick must escape New York with countless assassins on his heels including the likes of co-stars Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose and Laurence Fishburne.
ALADDIN (MAY 24)
Guy Ritchie (director of the unspeakably underrated Man from U.N.C.L.E.) directs Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin (1992). Frank Welker returns as the Cave of Wonders' voice, but the updated cast includes Will Smith as the bombastic Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Navid Negahban as the Sultan, and Marwan Kenzai as the evil Jafar. Disney's been on a roll with these live-action remakes, and we're confident this one will show us the world!
From director Michael Dougherty of Trick R' Treat and Krampus fame comes Godzilla: King of the Monsters, where the lead lizard himself faces off against his classic foes: Rodan! Mothra! King Ghidorah! Caught in the middle is Monarch, the crypto-zoological, anti-kaiju agency staffed by characters played by Ken Watanabe, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Sally Hawkins and Zhang Ziyi!
Kingsman star Taron Egerton plays Rocketman Elton John himself in an epic biopic by Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher. This Bohemian Rhapsody-styled musical follows Elton John from his early years, through his time in Royal Academy of Music, to his monolithic stardom and his partnership with Bernie Taupin.
What do pets do while their owners are away? The Secret Life of Pets returns for an all-new, family-friendly adventure. In typical Illumination fashion, we have a hilarious trailer showcasing Max's (Patton Oswalt) visit to the vet, but how it gets crazy and brings in Duke (Eric Stonestreet), Gidget (Jenny Slate), Snowball (Kevin Hart), and Chloe (Lake Bell) has yet to be seen.
Longtime X-Men franchise producer Simon Kinberg directs his first movie in the saga with Dark Phoenix, ostensibly a Logan-style retelling of X-Men: The Last Stand's take on The Dark Phoenix Saga. This latest X-film boasts returning fan faves Professor X (James MacAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Jessica Chastain in an unknown villainous role somewhere between Mastermind and Mr. Sinister.
Back in Black! The beloved Men in Black franchise returns with Men in Black International, a spinoff featuring the agency's London base. It's chock-full of comedy and action maestros including Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Rafe Spall and Rebecca Ferguson.
2019's Shaft is the fifth in the Shaft franchise, but the first for this generation. It brings John Shaft Jr. (Jessie Usher), an FBI agent, into an uneasy alliance with John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) – his father from 2000's Shaft – and eventually even his grandfather, John Shaft – that's Richard Roundtree from the original Shaft (1971) of Blaxploitation legend!
TOY STORY 4 (JUN. 21)
Andy's beloved toys return in their fourth adventure, which sees Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Bo Peep (Annie Potts) and Jessie (Joan Cusack) going on an unintentional road trip with DIY maybe-toy Forky (Tony Hale), carnival prizes Ducky and Bunny (Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele respectively) and Keanu Reeves in an unknown role – maybe a wink to John Wick as a dog toy?
You can't keep a good doll down! The demonic Annabelle returns in her next terrifying tale. After Annabelle: Creation (2017) gave her evil origin and Annabelle (2014) showed her first shocking haunting, Annabelle 3 will serve as a sequel to the original and show what nightmarish things Annabelle does with Ed and Lorraine Warrens' other possessed relics.
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (JUL. 5)
It might be an Avengers: Infinity War spoiler, but Tom Holland will return as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Far from Home, which sees the web-swinger on a class trip in Europe where he runs afoul of Jake Gyllenhaal as the nefarious Mysterio! Will sparks fly between Peter and Zendaya's Michelle "MJ" Jones? Who knows, but until then, make mine Marvel!
"I just can't wait to be king!" Fresh off The Jungle Book (2016), Jon Favreau directs the photorealistic CGI-remake of The Lion King (1994). It features a new cast starring Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki and James Earl Jones as Mufasa - because who else is going to play Mufasa, father of an entire generation?
The ninth film by legendary director Quentin Tarantino sees his return to big Los Angeles drama, this time in 1969 as Leonardo DiCaprio's Rick Dalton, a struggling TV actor & stunt man is determined to break into movies around the same time Charles Manson's cult is looming over the town. The star-studded cast includes Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Damien Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Lena Dunham, Bruce Dern and scads more.
DORA THE EXPLORER (AUG. 2)
It's fun for the whole family when Dora the Explorer comes to the big screen! James Bobin (The Muppets ) directs Isabela Moner as the titular character, who must brave the treacherous wilds of high school, raise her mischievous monkey Boots and team up with her cousin Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg) and a few classmates to plumb the depths of a lost Incan civilization and maybe learn something about family and friendship along the way.
THE NEW MUTANTS (AUG. 2)
Josh Boone's long-awaited installment in the X-Men franchise thrusts an all-new into an all-new genre for series: horror. The superpowered teens Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams), Cannonball (Charlie Heaton), Sunspot (Henry Zaga) and Mirage (Blu Hunt) are held against their will by Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga). While Antonio Banderas is rumored to be the evil mutant scientist, Mr. Sinister, other rumors suggest that the interdimensional terror, Demon Bear, is haunting the teens…
When Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) squared off, then teamed up in Fate of the Furious, it was only a matter of time before they'd be thrust together in an epic of their own. This high-octane thrill ride pits them against Brixton (Idris Elba), an international terrorist. If the Fast & Furious series is all about family, Hobbs and Shaw is bound to be a bromance for the ages.
ARTEMIS FOWL (AUG. 9)
Murder on the Orient Express director Kenneth Branagh brings the long-awaited capers of fantasy criminal mastermind wunderkind Artemis Fowl II. In it, the boy crime-genius (Ferdia Shaw) kidnaps LEPcon fairy Holly Short (Lara McDonnell) to ransom her to restore his family fortune and to find his long-missing father.
Time to float again, as Pennywise the clown (Bill Skarsgård) returns to Derry 27 years later and haunts the Losers Club once more. Now the kids from the first movie are grown up, and perfectly recast with the likes of Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Jay Ryan and Andy Bean.
DOWNTON ABBEY (SEPT. 20)
Gather your whole household, including the servants, for a continuation of the hit British series on the big screen. And if you’ve never seen the show, now is time to get caught up proper with all the drama at the Crawleys’ country estate - or else face the scorn of the Dowager Countess.
Will Smith stars opposite a younger clone of himself in this sci-fi action thriller about an assassin attempting retirement. Originally conceived in the 1990s, the movie waited for the visual effects technology of de-aging to be perfected before it could be made. With Ang Lee (Life of Pi) at the helm, it should be worth the wait.
JOKER (OCT. 4)
Want to know how the Joker got his psychological scars? Joaquin Phoenix stars as the Batman villain in this gritty origin story inspired by old Martin Scorsese movies, including Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. Robert De Niro even co-stars in this look at the early years of the Clown Prince of Gotham.
ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? (OCT. 11)
Based on Nickelodeon’s popular anthology series from the 1990s, this horror movie for a younger audience arrives just in time for Halloween. And it’s got some decent cred, as the adaptation is written by Gary Dauberman of It and Annabelle fame. That should definitely meet the approval of the Midnight Society.
ZOMBIELAND 2 (OCT. 11)
Arriving just in time for the 10th anniversary of the original, the Zombieland sequel follows the further adventures of Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) as they continue to stay alive during the zombie apocalypse, try to enjoy the little things and search for more Twinkies.
CHARLIE’S ANGELS (NOVEMBER 1)
Good morning, Angels fans, and welcome to yet another movie version of the classic TV series. This incarnation, which is going more global in scope, stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the latest trio of crime-fighting women, while Elizabeth Banks directs and co-stars alongside Patrick Stewart and Djimon Hounsou.
UNTITLED TERMINATOR REBOOT (NOV. 1)
Not only will Arnold Schwarzenegger be back for another Terminator movie, but Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Connor for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. This is also the first installment to directly involve James Cameron as a producer since that initial sequel, to which this serves as a franchise-retconning direct follow-up.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (NOV. 8)
Everyone’s favorite speedy blue hedgehog is racing into theaters in this live-action/CG-animated video game adaptation. Ben Schwartz (DuckTales) voices the title character, while Jim Carrey will appear as the villainous Dr. Ivo Robotnik and James Marsden will play a rural cop who befriends Sonic. Don’t walk, run and roll to your nearest theater for this one.
KINGSMAN 3 (NOV. 15)
The third chapter of the stylish action franchise follows Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle without their main star, Taron Egerton, who has confirmed he’s taking a break from the series. Little else is known about the spy movie sequel, which may in fact be a prequel.
FROZEN 2 (NOV. 22)
Disney can’t hold this sequel back anymore. Fans are anxiously awaiting the studio to let it go to theaters so they can enjoy -- for the first time in what seems like forever -- another feature-length tale of Anna and Elsa and their friends Kristoff, Sven the reindeer and Olaf the snowman. Too bad it’s not coming out in summer.
UNTITLED JUMANJI SEQUEL (DEC. 13)
Following the enormous success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, stars Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Hart are back for another fantastic adventure inside the world of a video game. What’s in store for the avatars this time remains a secret, but we can expect the sequel to feature more laughs and thrills.
CATS (DEC. 20)
Moviegoer, turn your face to the marquee light; let your memory lead you; open up, enter in the theater. You will find there the meaning of what happiness is, as this new adaptation of the iconic Broadway show begins. Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift star in the feline fantasy.
STAR WARS: EPISODE IX (DEC. 20)
This is it - the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga. Han is gone, Luke left the physical world, and now Leia will get a proper farewell following the death of Carrie Fisher. Director J.J. Abrams is back to guide us through the galaxy again as new friends Rey, Finn, Poe and BB-8 help conclude the story.
LITTLE WOMEN (DEC. 25)
The latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic coming of age novel stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen as the March sisters, with Laura Dern as their mother and Meryl Streep as their aunt. Timothee Chalamet also co-stars in the movie, which is directed by Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig.